No One Lives (2012)

No One Lives (2012)I’m a big fan of Director Ryuhei Kitamura’s film Versus (2000) and also to a lesser extent Midnight Meat Train (2008). No One Lives, with some flaws and all, might just be his best work to date.

A band of moronic criminals that think they’re badder than they really are, botch a home robbery. Shortly thereafter, they meet a couple at a restaurant just passing through town and minding their own business. One of the wannabe bad-ass criminals starts shit talking the couple and later on tries to make up for the earlier botch-job by trying to rob them. Things turn out to be not as they appear, and the viewer is left wondering who to cheer for.

This is where the fun begins.

No One Lives has plenty of blood splatter and one or two moments where I was saying to myself, “Yeah, that’s cool and nasty as hell!”

There are a few plot problems but they were necessary to set up some of the creative kills and gore gags. The main thing I noticed is the predictability of what will happen right from the get-go. I didn’t for a second believe the criminals we are introduced to early on would be the main antagonists in this. This is a movie that is hard to talk about without spoiling the main plot-line, but if you watch it, you will see there was not too much to spoil here to begin with due to the predictability of everything.

The cast was alright, and featured WWE Wrestler Brotus Clay. It’s too bad his role was so minor in this. Luke Evans and Adelaide Clemens were the real standouts here, granted, the others surrounding them wont be winning any Oscars anytime soon. no-one-lives-dvd-review-77-1367776509

Adelaide Clemens’ character is a young woman who has seen a lot and has gone through some hell at such a young age. There is quite a bit of depth to her, and the actress at times looked to struggle with the role, but hung in there.

Luke Evans stole the show without a doubt. Not sure if it was due to his performance or just how well his character was written, but this anti-hero character was very well done and I haven’t seen it done this effectively in some time.

If you go into this expecting a fun, bloody ride – you’re in for a treat. However, if you’re the type to over-analyze every plot point and study the dialogue expecting Shakespeare, than you’re in for a rude awakening.

No One Lives is not something you should spend your hard earned money on a blind Blu-ray/DVD purchase, but is definitely worth your while as a rental.



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12 Responses to No One Lives (2012)

  1. theipc says:

    I almost rented this today but instead rented something called Jug Face. I wonder which one will turn out to be the better?

  2. Sounds interesting. I loved Midnight Meat Train ๐Ÿ˜€

    • jpthorn says:

      Yeah, MMT was alright. I liked the book better, though.

      • Yeah, I had read the story some years ago but didn’t think it was a bad adaptation at all. A film is always going to have a little less depth… you can’t film character thoughts or bigger concepts told by the author/narrator… but all the key parts were in the movie and it wasn’t drastically changed from the original story ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. theipc says:

    Jug Face was OK – nothing special. Not worth the ten bucks I spent to rent it.

  4. robbinsrealm says:

    I have nominated you for The Liebster Award.

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